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Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


A nice evening meal. We keep things lite when we do this. You can leave out the meat if you like, or add bacon to jazz things up.

This post is as much about the crust as the finished tart, but the finished product is tasty and you would like it.

Making the crust - this one has the consistency and mouth feel I like in a tart or pie crust. Learning this recipe will make you a better pastry chef. It uses vodka, which evaporates in the oven, eliminating some of the wetness leaving a crumbly, more flakey, crust. You need a food processor to make this crust and everything needs to be cold to leave the bits of fat intact to make the crust flakey and tender. Yes, this is cheap vodka. If you ever come to my house I would give you better vodka to drink but the crust would be made with this.



2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch slices.
1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup cold vodka

Add the flour, salt, sugar to the blender and pulse a few times to mix well. The add the fat.



Pulse a few times until crumbles form. Be careful to not mix past the point shown here.



Transfer to a bowl:



And add cold liquids. Mix as little as possible.



Divide into two portions - this will make two crusts.



Transfer each half to a piece of plastic wrap



Form a small cake, wrap and chill for a half hour or more.



I used a fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, 1 medium sliced russet potato, a half cup of chopped ham, half cup of sharp cheddar cheese, a Tablespoon of onion, a beaten egg, a diced small tomato, salt and pepper. Press one of the pie dough portions into the pan, making sure to conform it to the fluted sides.

The potato is placed as the bottom layer. season this layer with salt and pepper. Then add the onion, ham, cheese, egg and tomato. I finish with a little pepper over the top because I like black pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until done - About 40 minutes.

Here it is from the oven and removed from the fluted pan.



ready to eat







Here is the pan, since I never showed it.






This post was edited on 9/25 at 9:31 pm



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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


i like tarts





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Burt Reynolds
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me like





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TyOconner
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


Looks like a work of tart.





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Mo Jeaux
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


Looks good. Fwiw, Smirnoff usually beats more premium vodka labels in head to head tests.





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Gris Gris
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


Your pictures are missing in some or maybe all of your picture threads in the stickied thread. I opened the shrimp cakes and all the pics were gone. Why did you move them?





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MeridianDog
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quote:

pictures missing - were gone. Why did you move them?


I exceeded the free bandwidth on Photobucket. Now they want to sell me photobucket privileges, which I will not buy.

This post is on a different photobucket account.

I'll work it out somehow. Depressing how many posts I need to repair. Not sure it is worth it.






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TigerHam85
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


Looks interesting. I don't think I've ever even had a tart.





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Dorothy
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


Looks pretty good, I'd probably change up the filling ingredients some because I don't like ham & hubby doesn't do tomatoes. You mentioned bacon--what other filling things have you tried?

Also, have you ever used that same crust for a sweet tart?






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Gris Gris
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That's a shame. I tried a few and couldn't make them work properly. Mostly I use Shutterfly.





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MeridianDog
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


quote:

have you ever used that same crust for a sweet tart?


Works fine for pies or savory tarts. Sweet tarts, too. I also like puffed pastry for sweet tarts.






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baytiger
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re: Potato, Tomato, Ham and Cheese Tart (photos)


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You need a food processor to make this crust
is it possible in a stand mixer?






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MeridianDog
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is it possible in a stand mixer?


Have no idea.







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Oenophile Brah
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Looks pretty good.

I think a litle carmelized onion would have made this puppy sing.






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fleaux
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The pan looks like a giant Reese's , now im really hungry





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